Giant performance from Huddersfield
Huddersfield ended a wait of 81 years as they demolished Wakefield to finish top of Super League with a game to spare.
An eighth league win in a row sparked wild celebrations from the 8,787 crowd at the John Smith's Stadium as Giants captain Danny Brough was presented with the league leaders' shield from Rugby Football League chief executive Nigel Wood.
Huddersfield, who last finished top of the league in 1932, became only the sixth winners of the shield and, after collecting their first silverware of the Super League era, will now go in search of their first championship triumph since 1962.
Paul Anderson's side were in front early thanks to the first of two tries from Jason Chan, and with the addition of Brett Ferres' try led 18-0 up the break.
Two tries from Jermaine McGillvary, one each from Aaron Murphy and Shaun Lunt plus the addition of six conversions from Danny Brough meant Huddersfield eventually ran out 40-0 winners in a one-sided affair.
Widnes ended their home Super League programme on a positive note after holding off a late rally from Hull KR.
A fine first-half performance saw Widnes build an 18-0 half-time lead through tries by Kevin Brown, Rhys Hanbury and a magnificent rampaging 40-metre effort from second row forward Adam Lawton, all converted by Jack Owens.
An early second-half try by Joe Mellor, again converted by Owens, stretched their advantage to 24-0, but David Hodgson claimed two tries in two minutes, both converted by Michael Dobson, to cut the lead to just 12 points.
And it got better for the visitors when Josh Hodgson scored his side's third try eight minutes later, again converted by Dobson, to set up a grand finale at 24-18.
But Widnes settled the nerves when Patrick Ah Van crossed for a try nine minutes from time and although David Hodgson still had time to complete his hat-trick, Frank Winterstein crossed for Widnes three minutes from time to seal the win.
London Broncos ended a losing streak in Super League dating back to April 27 as they grabbed victory in a dour encounter against Bradford.
It was the bottom-of-the-table Broncos' first win at Odsal since 2009 and avenged a 46-20 defeat by the Bulls in London earlier in the season.
Justin Carney scored a hat-trick of tries to inspire Castleford to their third consecutive victory after they withstood a Salford fightback.
Australian winger Carney grabbed the headlines with his treble, while England stand-off Rangi Chase scored a vital try against the club he is tipped to join as the Tigers won their final home game.
Warrington kept alive their outside hopes of the league leaders' shield with a hard-fought 29-16 victory in Friday night's derby against St Helens at Langtree Park.
Former Huddersfield coach Nathan Brown had the chance to hand the shield to his old club but his St Helens side never fully recovered from an appalling start in which they trailed 22-0 after 24 minutes.
They produced a gritty fightback, inspired by overseas duo Willie Manu and Tony Puletua, but it was not enough to prevent a first defeat in six matches.
The Giants will still secure the trophy with one win from their last two matches, starting with the visit of Wakefield to the John Smith's Stadium on Sunday, but at least Warrington made sure of a top-three finish for the fourth year in a row.
Joel Monaghan, Rhys Evans, Mick Higham, Trent Waterhouse and Garreth Carvell scored Warrington's tries, with Jordan Turner, Adam Swift and Jonny Lomax going over for Saints.
Daniel Holdsworth gained a measure of revenge for Hull's defeat to Wigan in the Challenge Cup final last weekend as the Black and Whites claimed a last-second 34-33 win.
The visitors led 12-6 thanks to tries from Jason Crookes and Tom Briscoe, with Andy Powell's first try in rugby league sandwiched in the middle, but Ben Flower and Ryan Hampshire crossed in the closing stages of the first half to give the Warriors a 16-12 interval lead.
The second half was end to end with Wigan leading 26-12 at one stage with tries for Joe Burgess and Iain Thornley but Hull refused to lie down and hit back with three scores from Crookes (2) and Joe Westerman to level it up at 26-26.
Gelling and Briscoe then traded scores and although Sam Powell dropped a goal, two from Holdsworth in the final minutes sealed it for Hull.
A late try by Danny McGuire on his return from a broken leg helped Leeds get back to winning ways as they edged out a committed Catalan side 20-12 in a tight contest.
A clever run by Ryan Hall allowed Leeds to open the scoring after a cagey first half-hour, and Kevin Sinfield converted before he added a penalty goal for an 8-0 lead for the hosts at the break.
In the second period Catalan hit back when Lopini Paea crossed and another score by Olivier Elima gave the visitors the lead, but Mitch Achurch's fine try saw Leeds regain the lead, and McGuire sealed the win after touching down Sinfield's clever kick.